THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY
A delight for supernatural fans, The New Legends of Monkey series follows a young monk Tripitaka, and a trio of Gods as they seek to end demonic rule.
While originally a Japanese 80s show, based on a Chinese novel, there’s a definite Kiwi bend to the remake with it being filmed in Auckland, directed by New Zealander Gerard Johnstone (Housebound/ Terry Teo), staring Kiwis Josh Thomson (The Project/terry Teo) as Pigsy and Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, and remade by TVNZ alongside Netflix and ABC. Fun and slick, the humour is similar to Hercules and Xena, keeping the series family-friendly. While there has been concern from viewers over the lack of Asian actors, the contemporary remake has worked on its gender diversity, switching up characters from the original series.
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